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UNHCR Working To Contain Cholera Outbreak Among Malian Refugees In Niger

“The United Nations refugee agency [UNHCR] said that they are working to contain a cholera outbreak in Niger in a refugee camp for people fleeing the conflict in Mali,” the Associated Press/Washington Post reports. “On May 11, the government of Niger declared a cholera epidemic,” the news agency writes, noting,…

Seeking ‘Predictable’ Funding Sources For Global Health

In the second part of her blog series on the future of global health, Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses possibilities for upcoming global health funding outcomes, writing in her blog, “[T]he architecture of global health has been completely remade since 1990,…

Polio Cases Detected In Kenya, Somalia, WHO Says

The WHO “says the Horn of Africa is experiencing an outbreak of polio with cases confirmed in Kenya and Somalia,” the Associated Press/Washington Post reports. The “WHO said Wednesday that a four-year-old girl near the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya and two of her contacts tested positive for polio, the…

IPS Interviews UNAIDS Executive Director About Ending Stigma, Discrimination

While “[t]he global fight against HIV/AIDS has seen recent hard-won breakthroughs,” including a significant increase in the number of people with access to antiretroviral therapy, “ending stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV has proved more resistant, particularly so for those who are part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual,…

U.S. Releases First Water And Development Strategy; U.N. Recognizes World Water Day

“U.S. officials Tuesday formally unveiled the government’s first comprehensive strategy [.pdf] aimed at integrating water into all U.S. development funding and programs, a step long urged by advocates and development experts,” Inter Press Service reports (Biron, 5/22). USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah joined Sens. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.),…

Opinion Pieces Address Health And Well-Being Of Women, Girls

As the global health community prepares for the Women Deliver 2013 conference, taking place next week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and recognized the first International Day to End Obstetric Fistula on May 23, several news outlets published opinion pieces addressing different aspects of the health and well-being of women and…